Researchers try to protect patients from stem cell charlatansBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3271 (Published 18 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3271
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I would like to trigger your attention to the stem cell
companies, their business practices, their misleading
patient information, by presenting, in brief the situation
Every private or state hospital, especially the Obstetrics
Department, is filled with tens of their representatives
handing brochures, DVDs, talking directly to parents.
Their number increased 300% in only 5 years.
Brochures and DVDs contain valid stem cell research results,
on patients. Very limited , understandably. Oral information
provided, however, as reported to me by future parents, is
misleading: all leukemias will certainly be cured, all
problematic solid organs will be replaced, new retinas will
be readily available, even new teeth will keep on growing
until their child's third age, should they decide to store
The fee is substantial, storing occurs in various European
Countries including the U.K., and there exists a small “we
assume no responsibility” sentence hidden somewhere in the
30 page long contract.
We should not trust the companies to inform patients
We should not even trust private clinics, hospitals or even
medical doctors, since they receive a 10% reward for
collecting the blood containing stem cells!
An independent, regulated, scientific, possibly European
institution should assume this responsibility.
Competing interests: No competing interests